Nelson defended Jose Ceja, who brutally murdered a Phoenix couple. He shot the wife two times in the chest before dragging her to another room and shooting her four more times in the
head. He shot the husband four times. He kicked the victims as they lay dead or dying. He later threatened to kill his own wife.
Ceja was convicted and sentenced to the death penalty. has executed two prisoners in the last 19 years," said Kilroy. "It just doesn't happen that often. From the point of view of a prosecutor, deciding to devote such a huge amount of resources to this set of cases, Tim's concern is it might end up compromising public safety."
This, despite Ceja’s wife reporting publicly that he had threatened to kill her from death row. This, despite listing 18 disciplinary actions for Ceja including “throwing objects” and “rioting.”
“Nelson deceived the public and the media regarding his position on the death penalty. What’s even more outrageous is that he fought it for a convicted double murderer. Now he claims that he can’t remember doing this and the death penalty undercuts public safety. While he argued to give a convicted double murderer a break I think the public and I are saying ‘give me a break,’” County Attorney Thomas said.
Thomas’ campaign is prominently featuring Nelson’s opposition to the death penalty in advertisements.